Japan Nuclear Power Plants (TEPCO): Twitter Account News

Since the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11 we’ve been telling you about some of the response from the social media and tech spheres and just some of our posts have been about AT&T offering free calls to Japan, Apple’s Steve Jobs sending an e-mail offering his thoughts and support, and about a Facebook fundraiser for rescue dogs.

Yesterday we gave you some news about the Prime Minister of Japan’s office establishing an English-language version of its Twitter account, which gives updates on quake information such as evacuations and press conferences. Now we have news of another Twitter account that has been set up, although this one is only in Japanese, but will be incredibly useful to the people of Japan as it is giving nuclear power plant updates, according to Emily Bank over on Mashable, sourced from AFP.

It comes from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and is a way of keeping Japan and the world informed about what’s going on with its nuclear power plants, where there have been fears over radiation leaks and a nuclear meltdown. At present, rolling 3-hour blackouts have been put in place and residents will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest information. Already the account has gathered 190,000 followers.

This is yet another example of how social media can really play a vital part in times of crisis. What are your thoughts on being able to get nuclear power plant updates? We can imagine that it will be invaluable to those in Japan although these are scary times and we continue to send those in Japan our thoughts. Let us know with your comments.